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are celebrating his life, singing, dancing and waving flags in the streets of south africa. president obama mandela no locker belongs to us but the ages. his body has been removed but mourners are gathering outside to honor his memory. >> condolences are pouring in from people touched by the man who influenced nations. >> abc's karen travers has more about this icon's life and death. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. nelson mandela's health had been declining for some time but still south africans held on to hope. they and so many around the world are remembering his courage and strength. how he healed the nation and changed history. >> outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and in mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long-dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us wil
. the former south african president died yesterday. he was 95 years old. >>> president obama planning to lead the dell gration to south africa for a state funeral. >>> and today, we get an important reading on the health of the u.s. economy, as the government releases the monthly jobs report. one survey found private companies added 215,000 jobs last month, beating expectations. >> looking at today's weather. rainy in the northeast. icy from the great lakes into texas. below zero in the northern plains. it will be even normally toasty. l.a. will stay in the 50s. >>> finally this morning, a parting tribute to nelson mandela. >> the leader, the pioneer and one of the world's most influential icons remembered this morning across the globe from people of all walks of life. >> for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands. >> it was tremendous. it was just tremendous. there was a lot of excitement. the electricity in the air. and he was truly one of the great, great heroes of our time. >> i just want to say, it's extremely sad and
. the south african embassy in washington, d.c. makedent obama is going to a statement in just a few minutes. meantime, we will hear from jacob zuma, the press about south africa, who spoke just a few minutes ago. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. mourn and knew , nothing cand come diminish our sense of the profound and enduring loss. >> the inspiration to follow the legacy and teachings of nelson mandela, summed up by jacob zuma when he said let us commit ourselves to strive together to build a united, nonracist, nonsexist community. news,ore on this breaking the passing of nelson mandela, throughout the newscast, including when the president speaks. >> we are waiting for the president to appear. as soon as he does, much wrong his passing. the president should be here in about five minutes. >> meantime, covering some local news, major developments tonight in the story that you saw first here on abc seven, adc police officer under investigation in connection to a missing teenager case. >> we have learned the police officer is connected to an underaged pr
. tonight we learned more about the american presidents, who will travel to south africa. of course, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service ke the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's l
to do a lot more things. >> president obama, aing a hanukkah celebration at the white house spoke of him. >> sought to bring about justice, not only in south africa, but i think to inspire millions around the world. >> those millions moved by mandela's long walk to freedom. imprisoned for 27 years, i became a global symbol of the fight against apartheid from his tiny cell, mandela rallied millions against racism and injustice. after heavy pressure from home and around the world, they releaseds mandela and began dismantling apartheid. >> never shall will be the beautiful love, the oppression of one to another. >> next week, south 56 africa will hold a memorial at a 90,000 seat stadium. president obama plans to attend. >> there was a carbon monoxide leak but seven now allowed back inside. >> investigators are trying to find out what cased a fire in maryland. it broke out 10:30 thursday night two large hazardous materials containers were burning there. the crew arrived and worked to contain diesel fuel that spilled out. no one was injured and they're still assessing how much damage it cause
attending. including president obama and the first lady, who travel to south africa next week, to pay respects, bringing along president and mrs. george w. bush. ♪ for three days, his body will lie in state in pretoria, the base of the south african government. there, the public will have an opportunity to view his casket. a week from sunday, he will be buried in his ancestral home in qunu. overnight, desmond tutu led a prayer service in capetown, calling for his countrymen to carry on mandela's legacy. >> let us reach out to one another. and let madiba's dream be our dream. >> reporter: the mood here far more celebratory than sad, as people make the choice to embrace by what was given, instead of being sad by what was lost. every day here in south africa, until mr. mandela is finally laid to rest. >> a man who changed the world. >>> our ron claiborne has covered nelson mandela extensively throughout the years. >> ron has had many experiences and memories. and is here with a personal take on the story. >> when you cover a story or a person, it requires professional detachment. we're
a number of visitors, including first lady michelle obama. it also mandela became a living symbol of freedom -- nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom and the strength of south africa and freedom beyond. has already begun at the south african embassy. hassle fella has more. >> at the south african embassy, a real-life reminder of this man's life and legacy. in front of the embassy, the nine foot statue made of bronze, designed by a south african sculptor, modeled after images of mandela back in 1990. the closed fist, almost signaling victory. he was jailed 27 years three decades ago, at the very spot where dozens of protesters, americans included, who were arrested because they were protecting against apartheid in south africa. we talked with this 12-year-old girl who came with her father to pay tribune to this man. we asked why anybody this young should care about his legacy. she said, because he fought for many people. >> i want to pray for his family, his him, and all the people suffering for his loss. and i would like to say thank you for him and everything he did fo
. >> terry, walk us through what will happen the rest of the week there in south africa. >> reporter: well, tuesday is the big day, george. that is when president obama and the other presidents and potentates and princes will come here to south africa. join 90,000 south africans here in the fnb stadium. that is the last place the public saw nelson mandela at the 2010 world cup. he was there. he'll be there in spirit as the country says its farewell to him. there will be three days for his body to lie in state so people can come pay a personal tribute to him. on sunday, he'll be flown about 700 miles home to qunu where he'll be laid to rest in his ancestral village. his history with the united at states. he had a deep impact on our politics before setting foot on our soil. here's jonathan karl with more. on how mandela prodded, consoles, scolded, and inspired american presidents. >> reporter: nelson mandela loomed large in america long before he was freed from prison. ♪ it was 25 years ♪ that take that man away >> reporter: inspiring a mass movement against racism and intolerance. >> ap
presidents will be heading to south africa next week to attend the memorial services for the late nelson mandela. president obama, former presidents george w. bush, and bill clinton will be among the dignitaries attending. the memorial service will be held tuesday in johannesburg. and ellis funeral is scheduled for next sunday. -- mandela's funeral is scheduled for next sunday. earlier today, the family issued a statement. >> the leader of our family is gone. in our hearts, and our souls, he will always be with us. >> the family says it is humbled by the messages they have received from governments and people all around the world. as the world remembers mandela, abc 7 news and will have extensive coverage. leon harris and scott thuman are traveling to johannesburg. we will have live report starting monday on the newscast. detainedly american for weeks in north korea is back home tonight in the u.s. we will tell you what he said about his release. plus, why a charity race involving prince harry was suspended. batkid?mber that kid -- >> 72 years ago today, japan launched a surpris
, started a week of events to honor nelson mandela in south africa. a memorial service is planned for tuesday, which the obama family and other dignitaries from around the world will attend. >>> a pennsylvania catholic schoolteacher says he was fired the same day he applied for a same-sex marriage license in new jersey. michael griffin said when he told his principal he was planning to get married to his male partner, he was fired on the spot. he said the headmaster for the school says the faculty is required to follow church teachings. >>> a gold medal from the 1936 berlin olympics that was awarded to jesse owens sold for $1.4 million. owens famously won four track medals at the games. the auction says no one knows where the other three medals that he won are now located. >>> despite the frigid temperatures, thousands of people donned swim suits for a charity run in madison, wisconsin. the run benefits two local children's charities. >>> time now for the weather. back to lee goldberg from wabc. here in new york city. lee? >> that was charitable with the temperatures out there. me
, this is abc news at 11:00, on your side. itsur nation has lost greatest son. >> south africa's president says that nelson mandela is at peace, and of the world must grieve the loss of one of the most revered human rights leaders of our time. for thet obama called flags to fly at half staff in his honor. he led africa out of the dark days of the apartheid, but his legacy involves so much more. we have a look back at his life. such a sad day today. >> this was greatly expected but universally dreaded. an close toold had death several times over the past year and some 20 doctors have been tending to him night and day. this hardly lessened the painful news that came this afternoon. >> there is the deepest kind of morning. lowered flags as a sympathetic sign not just for the man, but for the understanding that his presence will not be easily replaced. >> nelson mandela's name is synonymous with the entire he showsovement and the greater goal that this achieved. challenge their very humanity. >> born in a tiny village and educated in a hut, he became a boxer though his fight would be in a larger re
as yesterday, but love will carry on. >> reporter: the emotion in soweto is electric. south africans are expected to turn out in full force at next week's memorial event which will be attended by president barack obama and the first lady. so many are expected to turn out, it's believed it will rival the funeral services for pope john paul ii when millions attended. diane. >> alex, thank you so much. as you said, we did learn late today, president and mrs. obama will travel to the memorial services next weekend. they will be on board air force 1, riding with them some former residents of the white house, president george w. bush and mrs. bush. >>> another former president is remembering mandela today. president bill clinton, who talked with the anchor of this week, george stephanopoulos. >> he once told me that he lived on hatred, when he went into prison. he said after 11 years he realized that they had taken about everything they could take from him except his mind and heart. he said, i realized that those are things you have to give away, and i decided not to give them away. >> mah
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